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Usable Knowledge: What is Teaching for Understanding?

Usable Knowledge: What is Teaching for Understanding? | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
The Teaching for Understanding framework is a guide that can help keep the focus of educational practice on developing student understanding.
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From the article: The Teaching for Understanding Framework has been used for over twenty years by teachers around the world. Since its development, the framework has evolved to better meet the needs of educators and students. In particular, HGSE professor Stone Wiske has emphasized learning communities as a fifth element of the framework. Acknowledging that learning need not occur among isolated students, generative topics can be taught with an eye towards developing supportive learning communities. 

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School of Education at Johns Hopkins University-Leadership at Every Level: Appreciative Inquiry in Education

School of Education at Johns Hopkins University-Leadership at Every Level: Appreciative Inquiry in Education | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it

"Appreciative Inquiry is an approach … based on strengths rather than weaknesses, on a vision of what is possible rather than an analysis of what is not." --David Cooperrider

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West Springfield (MA) Public Schools (WSPS) used AI for strategic planning to transform school culture and increase student achievement. In April 2002, faculty, staff, grade 6-12 students, parents, and community members learned how to conduct AI interviews. The interview questions were:

1) Think of a time when you had a really terrific experience with WSPS. Tell the story;

2) Without being modest, what do you value about yourself, your greatest strengths, and how do your strengths help you to be an important member of WSPS and the community?;

3) What do you see as the core value of WSPS?;

4) If you had three wishes for WSPS, what would those wishes be?

Over the spring and summer, interviews were conducted with stakeholders in preparation for the summit to be convened in the fall. In September, 650 people from all stakeholder constituencies came together to create a community that would collaborate through the Appreciative Inquiry 4D Cycle to: Discover – look for the best of what is, Dream – imagine the best we can become, Design – create an action strategy and plan to achieve the vision, and Deliver – co-create the future.

This summit unleashed energy and created these results: a shared positive experience; strengthened networks in and across schools; commitment and ownership at the school level to follow-up on projects; community awareness and desire to partner; conversations about hope; dialogue across functions, ages, experiences, and boundaries; and renewed energy and commitment to the schools and the children. In the words of the case study, "There is a great need in our school systems today to re-Form. This re-Formation can occur with a strength based whole systems change approach that taps into the answers that are in the system.. The AI SUMMIT provides proof that the answer does not come from outside experts but from within what is best in their own community." (Rhodes, Hinrichs, and Schiller) http://appreciativeinquiry.cwru.edu/intro/bestcasesDetail.cfm?coid=2368"

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The Future of Learning, Networked Society

"In the Networked Society, connectivity will be the starting point for new ways of innovating, collaborating and socializing. AMAZING VIDEO." Kenneth Mikkelsen @LeadershipABC


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Anne Whaits's curator insight, July 22, 2013 3:16 PM

Produced by Ericsson, this is a thought provoking 20 minute video worth viewing. It features insightful commentary on the Future of Learning  from Seth Godin, Sugata Mita, Stephen Heppell, Jose Ferreira and Daphne Koller amongst others. While the message may not be new to many of us, there are many more who still need to hear it.

Connect to Learn! Adaptive and personalised learning! Access to information! Point minds to the right kinds of questions! Learn through the network!

Dr. Doris Molero's curator insight, July 22, 2013 8:06 PM

Yep... it's coming... it's here... Seth Goday, Stephen Heppel, Sugata Mitra, Jose Ferreiram, Lois Mbugua, Margaret Kositany.. Dafne Keller.... share some of their ideas on the future of education..... Content is becoming a commodity that you can find everywhere and available  to almost everyone... Education should go back to having instructors and student engage in dialogues, where thinkinf skills, problem solving and discipline passion are present...

 

Kids should be solving interesting problems anot just memorizing answers to probles already solved--- we should look at students in their eyes and believe in them and push them forward...

 

Teachers should be saying.. The topic for today is this--- Now, open your notebooks and le's explore and find out about it.. 

Leoncio Lopez-Ocon's curator insight, July 23, 2013 3:01 PM

Video muy interesante sobre el futuro del aprendizaje y las potencialidades de la sociedad conectada.

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Design Thinking in Education | A talk organized by the Partnership for Change initiative.

Design Thinking in Education |  A talk  organized by the Partnership for Change initiative. | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
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This talk was organized by the Partnership for Change initiative, working with local teachers and community leaders to explore ways to integrate design thinking into our local curriculum. 

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Engaging Minds for the 21st Century Using Technology, Nature, Cognition and Collaboration for Deeper Learning - Learning and The Brain

Engaging Minds for the 21st Century Using Technology, Nature, Cognition and Collaboration for Deeper Learning - Learning and The Brain | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
Leading providers of brain based learning education conferences and professional development for teachers.
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Only organizations that have a passion for learning will have an enduring influence.

Only organizations that have a passion for learning will have an enduring influence. | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it

The premise for building Professional Learning Time in the school schedule is to allow teachers and administrators time for collaborative work with intentions of increasing student achievement. The goal is to enhance effectiveness of professionals through Professional Learning Communities so that students benefit. As an organization, Professional Learning Communities are a powerful staff development model and an effective strategy for school change and improvement.

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Love these 6 components of professional learning communities

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8 Lessons for a Culture of Learning. Lesson #1 - Vision has to trump administration

8 Lessons for a Culture of Learning. Lesson #1 - Vision has to trump administration | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
  2011 has been an amazing year for me professionally – a year of great change at NBCS and a year of outstanding opportunities, travel and thinking for me. It has also been a year of new conne...
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The 8 lessons here are a manifesto for a culture of learning and collaboration. Stephen Harris also outlines some of his peers and mentors.  

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Trusting Teachers with School Success

Trusting Teachers with School Success | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it

Lately, our nation’s strategy for improving our schools is mostly limited to “getting tough” with teachers. Blaming teachers for poor outcomes, we spend almost all of our energy trying to control teachers’ behavior and school operations. But what if all of this is exactly the opposite of what is needed?

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From the book description: "Teachers with decision-making authority create the schools that many of us profess to want. They individualize learning. Their students are active (not passive) learners who gain academic and life skills.The teachers create school cultures that are the same as those in high-performing organizations. They accept accountability and innovate, and make efficient use of resources. These promising results suggest: it’s time to trust teachers."

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WCAX - A major transformation is underway for Burlington, Winooski schools

WCAX - A major transformation is underway for Burlington, Winooski schools | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
Burlington and Winooski
schools are in the middle of a multimillion dollar effort to alter how they
teach kids.
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The Partnership for Change is leading us in new directions. How fortunate we are to have this initiative in our community. 

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Peers Sharing Success

Peers Sharing Success | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it

Vermont:  "This site is a wonderful resource for our state of VT as well as for Maine and NH.  When districts are struggling to find strategies that have proven effective and exemplary, this support and peer collaboration makes transitioning to the Common Core and Educator Evaluation systems much easier, whether the district is small or large!"  Mariann Bertolini, Director of Northeast Kingdom School Development Center at Lyndon State College, Lyndonville VT

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Teach Less, Learn More?

Teach Less, Learn More? | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it

TLLM aims to touch the hearts and engage the minds of our learners, to prepare them for life. It reaches into the core of education - why we teach, what we teach and how we teach.

• It is about shifting the focus from “quantity” to “quality” in education. “More quality” in terms of classroom interaction, opportunities for expression, the learning of life-long skills and the building of character through innovative and effective teaching approaches and strategies. “Less quantity” in terms of rote-learning, repetitive tests, and following prescribed answers and set formulae. 

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Teach Less, Learn More is about teaching better, to engage our learners and prepare them for life, rather than teaching more, for tests and examinations.

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9 Stages of Transformational Change

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The "Grief-Then-Growth" Cycle Transformational change just "feels" hard, don't you think? It's an unsettling, unpleasant, "when is life going to return to normal" kind of thing. At least that's the...

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Mark Taylor's curator insight, August 11, 2013 5:56 PM

J Curve with some new distinctions.

Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, August 12, 2013 4:30 AM

Do you see your teachers at any point of the continuum? Clarifying post

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45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators - InformED

45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators - InformED | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it

“Most of us have deeply embedded ideas about what’s'right’ for education,” says Speicher. “But when you look at the world of education through the lens of design, you start to see that there isn’t one right answer, there are many.”

Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/45-design-thinking-resources-for-educators/#ixzz2b6FRtOIN

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New website enhances community partnership

New website enhances community partnership | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
The Cessnock Community of Great Public Schools (CCGPS) will celebrate Education Week this year with the launch of a new website.
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Nice example of community building

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2013 Learning Collective | Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

2013 Learning Collective | Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) provides national leadership for the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership.

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High Schools That Work - Resources and Ideas.

High Schools That Work - Resources and Ideas. | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it

High Schools That Work is the nation's largest school improvement initiative for high school leaders and teachers. 

More than 1,200 High Schools That Work (HSTW) sites in 30 states and the District of Columbia currently use the framework ofHSTW Goals and Key Practices to raise student achievement and graduation rates.

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What a great resource for innovative models. More information from the site:


"HSTW is nationally recognized for its effectiveness and has led to several related school improvement initiatives. Chief among them, Making Middle Grades Work has helped make SREB states among the first in the nation to implement strategies that help students make stronger academic transitions into high school. Technology Centers That Workhelps career/technology centers in SREB states improve student readiness for college and careers."

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Imagine Learning

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The professional blog of Stephen Harris, Director & Founder of the Sydney Centre for Innovation in...
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Jim Night is the director of the Syndney Centre for  Innovative Learning. This guy simply nails it.

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Professional Learning: A Connected Approach

Professional Learning: A Connected Approach | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
Vincent Day is the Director of Technology Engagement & Professional Learning Coordinator at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA. Professional Growth I've spent a great deal of ...
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from the article: Traditional methods of teaching and learning have been predicated on one teacher instructing multiple students.  Similarly, professional development models have generally consisted of one edtech person, or one speaker instructing a large group of educators.  Today, technology and social media have allowed this antiquated method of instruction to evolve into one where geographically dispersed teachers and students can connect with one another in ubiquitous fashion to create, innovate, transcend, invent, discover and so much more. 

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Home | A Year at Mission Hill

Home | A Year at Mission Hill | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it

What can the larger world of American education take away from one school's experiences?

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An inspiring video series of one school, Mission Hill. Is it possible that all schools could adapt and offer such a rich learning culture?

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How to Use Twitter to Become an Expert on Any Topic

How to Use Twitter to Become an Expert on Any Topic | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
Sometimes you need to quickly immerse yourself in a new field. You might want to gain expertise or quickly gauge what the current issues are around a particular topic. One way of doing this is by c...
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New user? There are some good tips in here that will help you expand your connections. I really like this one..


"Cull accounts with high influence and low relevance. Some Twitter accounts have a lot of influence: links that they share show up on most days in your digest. Ask yourself if you like those links. If you don’t, then unfollow that Twitter account. This might enrich and diversify your digest."

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